Food in Bhutan

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During my GAP Semester, I travelled to Bhutan for 2 weeks of service learning. It’s definitely a beautiful place; the people there are very friendly and the scenery is woooohoooo. Yeah you get the idea. Bhutanese food is pretty nice in my opinion. The ingredients are nothing fanciful or “atas”, most of them can be found in Singapore except for certain things like the special breeds of mushrooms.

Like other Himalayan countries, cheese is found in many Bhutanese cuisines. Well this is a hit or miss for most foreigners. I can’t promise the cheese fanatics the food there will give them a solid mouthgasm. The Bhutan people uses cheese in really weird ways… Don’t expect cheddar, blue cheese, mozzarella and gouda. The Bhutan cheese is a large lump of… cheese. The cheese is strong, with the texture of the typical feta cheese and a pretty strong taste of Brie. The Bhutan people like cheese in everything. It’s definitely more common in vegetable based dishes.

Vegetable and Cheese Stew

Vegetable and Cheese Stew

Take example the Vegetable and Cheese Stew, the taste is really strong. The cheese is very concentrated and it is very thick and flavorful. Taste pretty decent but it gets boring after a while.

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Vegetable and Cheese Stew. This time with peppers and chilli.

The Vegetable and Cheese Stew with Chilli, known as Ema Datshi locally, is one of my favorite dishes. The chilli is nothing like the chilli we have in Singapore. It has the same level of intensity as chilli padi, but the texture and size is the same as the ordinary chilli found locally. Together with the cheese, the stew makes an excellent side dish. Good stuff.

SWEET AND SOUR PORK?

SWEET AND SOUR PORK?

Yup, that’s sweet and sour pork. The Bhutan style of cooking is really simple with lots of stir frying and a little deep frying here and there. The Stir Fried Vegetable is very light and refreshing, nothing like the greasy sambal kangkong we have here. Bhutanese also likes to mix many different types of vegetables into one dish. This is actually pretty nice! The different vegetables with varying textures and flavors create a really healthy and delicious dish. Coming from a self confessed carnivore, the vegetables are really really good.

Curry Chicken was the highlight. Not forgetting the Fried Fish and Stir Fry Potatoes

Curry Chicken was the highlight. Not forgetting the Fried Fish and Stir Fry Potatoes

A lot of Bhutanese dishes are curry-based probably due to the influences from India. The curry is definitely on the spicy side. Unlike the Singapore version, not a lot of coconut milk is added to the dish. As such, the curry is very flavorful. The Fried Fish is nothing fancy. Fish is imported all the way from India/China, as such, we can’t really expect much. The potato was definitely nice. The usage of spices and chilli in cooking is really creative in my opinion, simple dishes like fried potato taste so much better.

Meat Stew and more Curry!

Meat Stew

Meat Stews are really common in Bhutan. Pork and Beef stews are pretty common. The Meat Stews are not very fanciful; it’s really standard. As a meat lover, I have to admit the meat there isn’t done as well as the vegetables. This is definitely forgivable as majority of the Bhutanese people are vegetarian. Oh well.

Hope this post gives you a rough idea of what they eat in Bhutan. Bye.

Yay beautiful Bhutan

Yay beautiful Bhutan

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